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Trends & Implications for the Future of Packaging: A Panel Discussion & Reception

February 27, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Trends & Implications for the Future of Packaging: A Panel Discussion

The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences invites Auburn faculty, staff and students to join industry stakeholders for a reception
and panel discussion to explore the future of the packaging industry and its implications for research and academic programs.

Packaging is a trillion-dollar market and currently the third-largest industry in the world. This growth, coupled with the rising consumer demand for eco-friendly
packaging, is inspiring many traditional forest product companies to expand their operations to include sustainable biomaterial and packaging. In this discussion,
we will discover how partnerships between academia and industry have the potential to propel innovation forward through education, research and development.

Panelists for the discussion are Dr. Dana Breed, global research and development director of packaging and sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company, and
Dr. Laurent Matuana, associate director and professor of biomaterials and composites in the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. Dr. Yucheng Peng,
assistant professor of sustainable packaging systems in the Auburn School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ Forest Products Development Center, will serve as moderator.

The reception and panel discussion will be held at the SFWS Building located at 602 Duncan Drive in Conference Hall, room 1101, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
on Thursday, Feb. 27. The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available on the third and fourth levels of the South Quad Parking Deck. For more details,
please contact Dr. Peng at


Expert Panelists: 

Dr. Dana Breed, Global R&D Director of Packaging and Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company

Dana Breed is currently the Global R& D Director of Packaging and Sustainability for The Coca-Cola Company. A self-described “Master of Technology,” Breed is responsible for driving new-to-industry packaging technology introductions, new materials and formats across beverage categories, monitoring macro trends, and assessing technologies related to sustainability and packaging for potential fit in The Coca-Cola System. Prior to her current position, Breed has led research and business development for Materials Science, The Dow Chemical Company, and Eastman Chemical Company. Breed earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, a M.E. Res. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Laurent Matuana, Associate Director and Professor of Biomaterials & Composites, School of Packaging, Michigan State University

Professor Matuana is a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (FSPE).  His research focuses on processing of bio-based materials, with emphasis on the use of natural resources for the development of innovative, sustainable, and high-performance materials for packaging, building, and other applications. Emphasis is specifically placed on fundamental studies to understand, model and control the important factors affecting the manufacturing process and material performance. He earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He also holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees from Laval University, Quebec, Canada.


Dr. Yucheng Peng, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Packaging Systems, Forest Products Development Center, Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Yucheng Peng has extensive experience in sustainable biomaterials, natural fiber (cellulose) based polymer composites, and packaging design, manufacturing, and innovation. Prior to joining the Forest Products Development Center in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Peng was a postdoctoral fellow at Clemson University and later held research and development positions with Berry Global, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. Peng earned B.S. in Wood Science and Engineering from Northwest A&F University, China, a M.S. in Sustainable Bioproducts from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from University of Maine.


February 27, 2020
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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